A healthy Dachshund is long and lean. That’s the way they’re supposed to be. Unfortunately too many a Dachshund is long and fat. It’s hard on their backs, their joints, and their heart.
Here’s how to tell if your Dachshund is too fat:
First of all, most of you just ‘know’ if your Dachshund is too fat. It’s obvious. But if you’re not quite sure, here are a few guidelines.
According to Barron’s Dog Bibles (Dachshunds),
1. You should be able to feel (but not see) the ribs slightly when you run your hands along the rib cage.
2. An indication of a waistline should be visible both from above and from the side. In other words, if your Dachshund looks like a tightly stuffed sausage – he’s too fat.
3. There should be no dimple in front of the tail.
4. There should be no fat roll on the withers (the withers are the highest part of the shoulders).
Most Dachshunds that are too fat because they simply eat more calories than they burn (same as for us humans). Either feed them smaller portions, or choose a low-calorie food, or give your Dachshund more exercise (more walks or play time outside).
Dachshunds love treats, but those treats add up to lots of calories. The key is to resist those pleading eyes 😉
Is your Dachshund too fat? Or if not, what have you done to keep your Dachshund trim?